A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this game puts players in control of a hit man in a seedy world occupied by drug dealers, prostitutes, murderers, pornographers, mobsters, etc. The name of the game is murder, including lots of violence, such as shootings, strangulations, and immolations. The game does encourage players to spare innocents and keep the mayhem low. Still, the game features plenty of other adult material, including swearing, sexual themes, drinking and drug use, and story elements like child prostitution.
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What's it about?
In HITMAN: BLOOD MONEY, fourth installment in the Hitman series, players again assume the role of a cloned human named 47, an amoral gun-for-hire. Not only is he the hunter, but he's also the hunted, and players follow his adventures through a twisting plot filled with black humor as they discover who wants 47 dead. Across a dozen missions, players kill for money, stalking their prey through a variety of settings, from a Paris opera house to casinos in Las Vegas. The game is best enjoyed as a series of stealth puzzles: The highest achievements come to players who set up their kills to look like accidents, minimizing casualties and staying under the radar of the authorities.
Is it any good?
Mature players will find HITMAN: BLOOD MONEY to be a smart, consistently satisfying puzzler in action-game form. The excellence of the game lies in the level design. Each mission takes place in large environments populated by scores of characters, with multiple paths to the objective. The downside of this style of gameplay is that some levels take a lot of trial-and-error replaying.
The appeal of Blood Money rests on proven stealth dynamics and a solid, cinematic presentation. This is a prize pick for adult fans of the genre who don't mind the gritty subject matter.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the game's adult themes. Why do you think people like to play games that are so violent? Are violent games always bad for people, or can they be a safe fantasy? Parents: You might want to prepare yourself first by reading our report Violent Video Games and Our Kids.
- Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 2
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Eidos Interactive
- Release date: July 10, 2006
- Genre: Third-Person Shooter
- ESRB rating: M for Blood, Strong Language, Use of Drugs, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Intense Violence
- Last updated: June 20, 2019
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